“Recovery is really about hope. As long as people have hope, they can cope with any illness or challenge,” says Janet Scott of Pineland Behavioral Health / Developmental Disabilities (pictured above left, with fellow coordinator Chris Johnson, Pineland BHDD Addictive Disease director Susan Ford, and executive director June DiPolito).
In September, Pineland Community Service Board launched a campaign designed to promote recovery as part of a holistic approach to wellness. More than 600 people turned out for the culminating event, Recovery on the Square, in Statesboro. An array of booths focused on physical, mental, and spiritual health.
“Everyone suffers from something at some point in their lives,” says Chris Johnson who coordinated Pineland’s Recovery Month activities with Janet Scott. “And every life matters. If we can touch one person’s life, help one person move from a place of despair to one of hope, then we’ve done our job.”
Community support was evident. Partners included Willingway Hospital, Choices of the Heart, and Bulloch Recovery Resources. Starbucks donated coffee; Serenity Day Spa & Salon was on hand to give makeovers and chair massages; students from Georgia Southern University School of Nursing provided health screenings; and Pineland’s John’s Place offered healthy, delicious food.
Recovery Month in Georgia was sponsored by DBHDD’s Office of Addictive Diseases and coordinated by the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse.